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New threat to disadvantaged students

New threat to disadvantaged students

07/20/11 07:00PM

In today's New York Times, the editorial staff called out House Republicans for their latest effort to "repeal the 20th century." This time their target is Title I, a federal law dating back to the '60s which secures extra money for disadvantaged schoolchildren.Last week, a House committee approved the State and Local Funding... read more

Rebekah Brooks 'Friday' mash-up

07/20/11 05:59PM

A News of The World parody video has been in heavy rotation among Last Word staffers this afternoon. It’s "Friday," Rebekah Brooks-style.Based off of The Worst Song In The History Of Mankind by teen songbird Rebecca Black, this Internet gem focuses on the ousted U.K. tabloid chief. read more

Franken confronts Focus on the Family

07/20/11 05:18PM

With just five days until same-sex couples may legally marry in New York State, today the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first congressional hearings on the proposal to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.Things got lively when Senator Al Franken took on Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family for mischaracterizing a study on so-called “nuclear”... read more

First Word: July 20, 2011

07/20/11 04:02PM

A look at stories we've been checking out today. What headlines are you clicking on?Short-term debt limit extension an option, Obama saysSen. Al Franken takes down anti-gay witness for mischaracterizing study at DOMA hearingPresident Obama summons Democratic leaders to White HouseSpeaker John Boehner seeks votes for debt ceiling deal as... read more

Obama backs 'Gang of Six' plan

07/19/11 10:26PM

President Obama praised the bipartisan plan to cut the deficit by more than $3.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Gang of Six leader, Sen. Kent Conrad, joins The Last Word to discuss their proposal. read more

Prepping the cake-toppers.

New York's marriage equality lottery

07/19/11 08:54PM

Here in New York City, officials are holding a new kind of lottery. If you win this one, you don't get money. You get the right to be among the first same-sex couples to be married here in the state when it officially becomes legal on Sunday.After marriage equality was passed in Albany last month, city officials say they were inundated with... read more

Missed opportunities for GOP?

Missed opportunities for GOP?

07/19/11 08:00PM

Republicans may have squandered their chances to get most of the things they've always wanted. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell talks to Reagan Advisor, Bruce Barlett to discuss. watch

Snowe's Maine contender

Snowe's Maine contender

07/19/11 08:00PM

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe has a problem. And his name is, More Conservative Challenger. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains in the Rewrite. watch

First Word: Tuesday, July 19

First Word: Tuesday, July 19

07/19/11 08:00PM

The leader of the Gang of Six is here with the latest plan to break the deadlock on the debt while House Republicans are still using the Rupert Murdoch leadership method: Don’t Blame Me. watch

Gang of Six debt plan gains momentum

Gang of Six debt plan gains momentum

07/19/11 08:00PM

President Obama praised the bipartisan plan to cut the deficit by more than $3.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Gang of Six leader, Sen. Kent Conrad, joins The Last Word to discuss their proposal. watch

The Last Word on the House floor?

The Last Word on the House floor?

07/19/11 07:54PM

Ahead of today’s symbolic House vote on the so-called "Cut, Cap, and Balance" bill, we noticed a familiar line spoken on the House floor.While discussing spending cuts, Congressman Sander Levin of Michigan declared, "the Republicans are trying to repeal the second half of the 20th century."You're preaching to the choir,... read more

Dems throw Reagan in GOP's face

07/19/11 06:22PM

House Democrats reminded the GOP of the importance of raising the debt ceiling — in the words of President Ronald Reagan. He's the president Republicans love to quote, particularly when it comes to economic policy. read more

Wendi Murdoch (in the pink suit) lunges towards a man trying to attack her husband during a meeting with British Parliament in London on Tuesday.

Murdoch eats humble (and foam) pie

07/19/11 05:11PM

In an already dramatic meeting with British Parliament, today a protester hurled a foam pie at embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Luckily for Murdoch, the exec’s wife, Wendi, jumped to his defense by swiftly punching the guy in the head, blocking the full on foam attack. (Check out the slow-mo version). Murdoch walked away with no more than a... read more

First Word: July 19, 2011

07/19/11 03:32PM

Two main themes in tonight's show: debt ceiling and the Murdochs.Obama hails deficit-reduction plan gaining momentum in SenateNBC/WSJ poll: Majority says not raising debt ceiling would be problematicDems use Reagan against GOP on debt ceilingGang Of Six reunites to form new budget proposalVideo: Wendi Murdoch defends husband Rupert Murdoch... read more


About The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell brings his extraordinary background in politics and entertainment to “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” airing weeknights on MSNBC. Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of “The West Wing,” O’Donnell gives the last word and rewrites the most compelling stories of the day.

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